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Life is a journey of discovery. As children, we think our home, our school and the park we play in, is the world. But as we get older we realise the world is far bigger than that. The adventurers amongst choose to explore the far reaches of the globe, some choosing to settle down and start a family while others follow paths inspired by careers or other callings. It’s these life experiences that makes us happy, keeps us fulfilled and connected to others.
Here Sean Hough, CEO of leisure travel specialist Pentravel, shares his thoughts on which holiday destinations provide the ultimate setting to create once in a lifetime experiences in all ages. He says: “Whether it’s seeing Table Mountain or your child snorkel for the first time, experiences are meant to be shared and memories like these are priceless.”
These are the ones you struggle to remember when you’re old and grey. In South Africa we are spoilt with so much natural beauty, especially having the Big 5 right on our doorstep. If you want to leave a lasting impression on your little ones book a few nights at the 4 star Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate. Be there when they see a lion for the first time or an elephant…; it will give new meaning to the Lion King storybook on their bookshelf.
There is so much pressure for young people to study and get a job. It can be very overwhelming, which is why a gap year can be so important. After all, there is no better education than the one you get from the University of the World! Contiki guided holidays are aimed at 18 – 35 year olds only. You can travel to a multitude of countries in a short space of time, witness different cultures, religions, and ways of living. The experiences will be life changing and forever influence your perspective on the world: a valuable insight for a young person starting out their life.
The Maldives have for a long time been the ultimate romantic destination for honeymooners. The magic of salty kisses and long walks hand-in-hand on soft white sandy beaches surpasses all other island destinations. No matter what life throws at your marriage in the future, you’ll always have the memory of Maldives to put a smile back on your face. At the 5 star Six Senses Laamu in a Lagoon Water Villa you’ll feel like royalty. The beach is only a few meters away and sun loungers are placed strategically for sunshine and shade between the sparkling waters of the lagoon and the hideaway retreat. With so many unforgettable moments like colourful sunsets, dolphins, coral rich reefs, parrotfish and green turtles your love can only flourish.
Who said you can’t travel with a baby? You certainly can, but travelling with kids does come with its challenges. Cruising is a great option and South Africa’s own MSC Sinfonia offers three-day cruises to Mozambique from Durban. The ship isn’t as big as other cruise liners which means more space for you and your pram. Even though your baby or toddler may not remember this experience at least you’ll have the photographs to prove it.
There are times in our life when we face a crossroads and for whatever reason we need to take time out. A destination like India and Nepal beckon for one to search inside themselves for meaning and purpose. A 13-day tour will take you to cities and villages like Delhi, Kathmandu in the folds of the Himalayas, the Ganges and the Taj Mahal. Visit monasteries, temples and Holy Shrines and take part in a holy Hindu Aarti ceremony. This journey of discovery is an experience that will impact your life and your memory forever.
At this stage of life, we still like to explore but with a little extra comfort and convenience thrown in. On a guided holidays coach tour you’re driven to all the sites, delivered directly to the front door of your hotel. You don’t even have to worry about carrying your own luggage up to your hotel room. What a pleasure! On a guided holiday through Italy you’ll visit cities and villages that are older than Jesus himself. You’ll also get to enjoy ancient sites like the Colosseum and Sistine Chapel in Rome, or St. Mark’s Square in Venice not to mention the birthplace of the Renaissance in Florence.
Life is an exciting experience filled with so many opportunities. With all the twists and turns along the way, there is something to enjoy in every phase.
Visit Pentravel at www.pentravel.co.za or follow on @pentravel for more holiday inspiration.